People who matter.

We listen to and learn from our associates. They lead the way because, after all, they know our residents best. Our home office is here to support them.

By focusing on the happiness and prosperity of our associates, our communities enjoy a culture of human compassion, understanding and community — and that translates into extraordinary resident care. Our associates believe they are doing something that matters, and it shows in how they enrich lives with kindness and compassion, empathy, and respect.

Our Care Teams

From hands-on caregivers to life enrichment coordinators to chefs to maintenance associates, our teams are dedicated to ensuring happy, fulfilling living — whatever it takes. They are the heart of Cascade Living Group. Take a look at the type of team waiting to serve you at our communities.


Cathy Kretzer

Life Enrichment Director
Cathy is an example that anyone who wants to succeed can. She’s worked in housekeeping and transportation. Now, she brings residents daily joy to residents in her current – and favorite – role.

Jennifer Gunderson

Dining Services Director
After graduating from culinary school, Jennifer worked at a variety of restaurants and resorts, before discovering the joy senior living at Cascades of Sugarland Ridge. She’s travelled the world, which has influenced her cooking.

Leah McDonough

Wellness Director 
Leah rose from CNA to Wellness Director after completing her nursing degree. While she loves the residents, she also found another true love here — her husband who was a volunteer!

Leadership team

Our Home Office Team are first and foremost, servants. We got into senior living because we had a desire to serve. Our approach to leadership places high value on the growth and well-being of our associates and in communities we serve.


Bill Shorten

President, CEO and Founder
Bill provides support and resources to all the functional teams at Cascade Living Group, which allows them to provide necessary services and achieve results for all the company’s stakeholders.

Dale Zulauf

Co-Founder and Principal
Dale is involved with every aspect of daily operations. A seasoned senior living professional, he is also a co-founder of A Place for Mom and founder of Zulauf Health Ventures.

Jarrett Houser, BSN, RN

COO, Chief Operations Officer
With a senior living background that spans many years, Jarrett started with us as an executive director – embodying our commitment to supporting (and rewarding) our own.
Walker.Debbie Photo

Debbie Walker, BSN, RN, LNCC

CWO, Chief Wellness Officer
Debbie oversees Cascade Living Group’s renowned wellness models, including EverFit, and has established one of the industry’s strongest wellness support teams.
John Calhoun

John Calhoun

CFO, Chief Financial Officer
A certified managerial accountant, John has held several upper-management positions in a variety of industries and has over a decade of experience in senior living.

Stacy Rayner, M. ED. SPHR, SHRM-CP

Vice President of Human Resources
Stacy’s career in healthcare spans over 20 years. She has served as a leader in senior housing for over 11 years and has taught a variety of healthcare classes at a local college for eight years. Stacy has been part of the Cascade Living Group team since 2015.

Sheryl Page

Regional Vice President of Operations
Sheryl has experience in every area of senior living, starting as a CNA. She is yet another example of an associate who has grown in her role – from executive director to regional vice president.
Scott Houghton

Scott Houghton

Regional Vice President of Operations, PNW — South
Scott has successfully licensed, opened and staffed memory care communities throughout Washington. He has a reputation for ensuring dignity and exceptional care for people living with dementia.

Lorena Oropeza

Regional Vice President of Operations
Lorena’s background combines senior living and hospitality. Great customer service – and always doing the right thing – is a top priority for her.

Chris Sutton, RN

Regional Wellness Director
With 30 years of experience caring for her aging father – as a nurse and a daughter – Chris has a deep understanding of the role senior living can play in enhancing lives.

Katie Andrews, RN, BSN

Oregon Regional Wellness Director
An experienced geriatric nurse, Katie loves what she does because it allows her to give back to those who have paved the path for so many.

Dana Belden, RN, MSN

Sierra Regional Wellness Director
With over 35 years of nursing experience (mostly caring for seniors), Dana believes that many times, the smallest gestures – like holding a hand – sometimes have the biggest impact.

Maureen Boyle, MBA

Director of Food and Dining
A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu’s Professional Cuisine program in Sydney, Australia, Maureen is a registered dietitian who is ultimately responsible for the daily “yums” heard throughout our communities.

Valerie Valdez

Operations Specialist
Valerie started her senior living journey in memory care. Now, over 20 years later, she has an even deeper passion for seniors and is proud to work for an organization committed to doing the right thing – no matter what.

Lisa Waisath

Operations Specialist
Growing up with her great-grandma as her best friend and constant companion, senior living has been a natural fit for Lisa, who says she’s honored to serve seniors with respect, dignity … and, of course, fun!

Mary Sanders

Vice President of Sales and Marketing
From community relations director to vice president, Mary has successfully and compassionately combined her senior living and hospitality backgrounds to help guide countless families to quality senior living.

Jennifer Riggins

Director of Training and Development –
Jennifer’s creativity, leadership and passion for seniors makes her a natural choice to further the Cascade Living Group culture throughout our communities.

Suzanne Garside

Regional Director of Sales and Marketing
She worked for some of the biggest names in the business but landed with us because of the opportunity to guide seniors to truly fulfilling senior living.
Amoreena Photo-2

Amoreena Leyva

Regional Director of Sales and Marketing
Amoreena began a career in senior living over 25 years ago, holding key roles in caregiving and activities including concierge, community sales director and executive director. Amoreena has a philosophy to be loving and kind to all, which directly applies to the seniors we serve.
Jamie Maul 1

Jamie Maul

Home Office Specialist
Jamie began her journey in senior living in 2008 in a community, where she held roles as a Community Relations Director and an Executive Director. Jamie is passionate about being a valuable resource to seniors, their families, and our communities.

Nathan Dolejsi

Asset Manager
Nathan oversees the debt and equity side of the business, along with financial monitoring, valuations and financing. He loves senior living because he believes it’s a noble endeavor.

Interested in a career at Cascade Living Group?

Learn more about a career in senior-living.

Explore our communities at Cascade Living Group

Learn more about our senior-living options and which ones might be the best fit for you.